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It is official in most Pharmacopoeias, several of which refer to its yellowing the saliva when masticated.
The action is tonic, laxative, alterative and detergent,
opthalmicum, antiperiodic, aperient, diuretic, antiseptic, deobstruent.
It is a valuable remedy in the disordered conditions of the digestion and has a special action on the mucous membrane, making it of value as a local remedyin various forms of catarrh. In chronic inflammation of the colon and rectum, injections of Golden Seal are often of great service, and it has been used in haemorrhoids with excellent results, the alkaloid Hydrastine having an astringent action. The powder has proved useful as a snuff for nasal catarrh.
It is employed in dyspepsia, gastric catarrh, loss of appetite and liver troubles. As a tonic, it is of extreme value in cases of habitual constipation, given as a powder, combined with any aromatic. It is an efficient remedy for sickness and vomiting.Useful for:
Common cold/sore throat
Recurrent ear infection
Urinary tract infection
Jethro Kloss describes this herb as "the most wonderful remedies in the entire herb kingdom. It does seem like a cure all after looking at all it can do."
Specifically used for digestive system such as stomach disorders, acute inflammations, liver troubles. It exerts a special influence on all the mucous membranes and tissues with which it comes in contact. Excels for open sores, inflammations, eczema, ringworm, erysipelas, skin diseases, nausea during pregnancy.
In combination with skullcap and red pepper it will relieve and strengthen the heart.
Excellent remedy for tonsillitis, diphtheria, and other serious throat troubles. Also for chronic catarrh of the intestines and all catarrhal conditions, as well as for improving appetite and digestion.
Other indications include:
Most people take 4-6 grams of powdered Golden Seal root and rhizome supplements per day as tablets or capsules.
For liquid herbal extracts, 4-6 ml are used.
Continuous use should not exceed three weeks, with a break of at least two weeks between use. Golden Seal powder as a tea or tincture may soothe a sore throat.
Taken as recommended, Golden Seal is generally safe. However, as with all alkaloid-containing plants, high amounts may lead to gastrointestinal distress and possible nervous system effects. Golden Seal is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.
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